Published on: Thursday, January 14, 2010
Associate Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds will be the keynote speaker at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration sponsored by the office of Gov. Tim Pawlenty on January 18 at 11 a.m. at Concordia University’s Gangelhoff Center.
More than two decades ago the governor of Minnesota charged the Council on Black Minnesotans with the task of assisting the Governor’s Commission on the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration by promoting and presenting the MLK Holiday Celebration annually. Levy-Pounds was chosen to give the keynote address at this year’s celebration under the theme of “The Fierce Urgency of NOW.”
Levy-Pounds is the director of the Community Justice Project of the University of St. Thomas Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services. She teaches and supervises School of Law students as they use their skills to advance the cause of social justice in distressed communities of color. She is an active contributor to the field of civil rights and criminal justice through her work as a lawyer, professor, consultant, media commentator and lecturer in national and international forums.
After earning a J.D. degree from the University of Illinois College of Law, she joined the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, D.C., as the fourth recipient of the prestigious George N. Lindsay Civil Rights Legal Fellowship. She joined the University of St. Thomas School of Law in 2003.